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- (obsolete) To hunt, to seek with vigilance.
- 1601, William Percy, Mahomet and His Heaven:
- Now this is the howre, now this the half, now this is the Quarter, the Minute, the second, the third, the fourth, and so Fourth to the Tenth, that I do aucupate, or do gape after the slowe comming of my knave-booting Rascalls to Olympus with their venaisons alive
- 1630, John Taylor, Workes:
- Some till their throats ake cry alowd and hollo, To aucupate great favors from Apollo.
- 1831, The Westminster Review, volume 15, page 62:
- Except for the purpose of vain pageants, designed to aucupate benefices, by cajoling the patrons, the University of Oxford has long ceased to exist.